This Week in History: Operation Tidal Wave, Hiroshima, & the Battle of Guam

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week! Monday, August 5 Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1943, […]

This Day in History: Americans defeat the Japanese at Guam

On this day in 1944, Japanese Lt. General Hideyoshi Obata commits ritual suicide. The Battle of Guam was over. The island was finally back in American hands. The Japanese had been occupying Guam for nearly three years. They’d first taken possession of the island in December 1941. Mere hours after the unexpected attack on Pearl […]

This Day in History: “Old Glory” gets its name

On (maybe) this day in 1831, a sea captain from Massachusetts names his American flag “Old Glory.” The name that Captain William Driver gave to his flag stuck.      “Old Glory” is more than just a general nickname for our national banner. It is an actual flag, which can be found today at the Smithsonian Institution. […]

This Day in History: The World War II bombing of Nagasaki

On this day in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. It had been only three days since the bombing of Hiroshima. Did you know that Nagasaki was not the original target? The intended target was an arsenal near the city of Kokura.   In a twist of fate, American plans […]

This Day in History: Joe Ronnie Hooper, most decorated soldier in Vietnam

On this day in 1938, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Joe Ronnie Hooper would serve in both the Army and the Navy, and he would become one of our nation’s most decorated soldiers. Those who knew his rough background surely didn’t expect him to become a war hero. Hooper’s father wasn’t the […]